Hi Dave, Paula, Marisela and Ronny, if you're reading this! We just got back Sunday from an 8 day stay at the Melia and we were pleasantly surprised after reading the reviews here. We found a helpful staff, clean room, FANTASTIC activities staff (especially Tristan, who is an absolute treasure!), good food, and beautiful grounds. My husband, our 12-year-old son, and I picked it based on it being all-inclusive and catering to families. The Melia really delivered when it came to our son, who had lots of fun playing pool, pool volleyball, water polo and swimming in the ocean (which is not for beginners, but he swims and surfs here in San Diego). He was constantly entertained by the activities staff and the friends he made, which were plentiful by the second day. We ate all of our meals at the hotel except a couple, and found the food to be quite satisfactory. It wasn't gourmet, but it was better than adequate, and there was adequate variety to carry us through 8 days. Anyone who does not like the food might be harder to please than average. Most of our days were spent at the pool, which is not as big as it looks in the pictures, but is big enough to not ever feel crowded, and was clean except for one day when it looked like the sunscreen and spilled drinks had accumulated a bit. We painted several pieces of ceramics, which was fun and very absorbing. We swam at the beach, did water aerobics (fun), drank copiously from the swim-up bar (I asked for a margarita for my husband "mas fuerte" and it was so strong he couldn't finish it, and he's no amateur), we met up with the friends we made at the lobby bar area most evenings and played pool and watched the shows (which were surprisingly good), and we relaxed. The concierge, Antonio, helped me retrieve a CD from the snorkeling outfit and he was very, very gracious. Jesus was very, very helpful, too. We snorkeled on the Oceanus out of Cabo, which went to Chileno cove, and we had a really great time. My husband and son rented the little submarines and had an awesome experience. I guess the marlin were running because we talked to two guys at the pool bar who had gone marlin fishing and they caught a 210 pound striped marlin. There were fish all over the place. Some of our friends went ATVing and said it was really fun. My husband and son rented wave runners at the swimming beach there and they had a really good time. We bought some jewelry from the vendors on the beach and they offered my husband drugs. There are two dogs running around that beach begging for food and one of them is injured and looks like it's starving. I wish someone would do something about them. I got a sunburn on my shoulders the first day and had a cooling treatment at the spa the next day. Elvira is a gifted masseuse, and I would recommend that treatment highly if you get burned. The sun there is strong, so watch out! The rooms were generally clean, but not perfect. The little annoyances people mentioned here are generally true. After the third day, they stopped restocking the coffee. I asked the housekeeping staff for cups and never got them. We had plenty of towels, but I asked for face cloths and never got them. The mini-fridge did not seem to be restocked. We tipped $5 the first day and $2 most days after. As a matter of fact, we tipped several hundred dollars by the end of our stay. A buck a drink, the housekeeping staff, the bell staff, the waiters at most of our meals. They work so hard in the heat, they are so polite and so eager to please, we just had to tip everyone. There were a LOT of bees on the property and if you're allergic to bees it would be a nightmare, although they were not aggressive. Edwardo, the bartender at the swim-up bar, told me he got stung almost every day, but he's surrounded by fruit juices and fruit garnishes. We ate once at La Terraza, and that was good. My husband's steak was outstanding. The wine was surprisingly good. We took the bus to town twice. The first time we took the yellow one (wrong one), but we found a place to eat near the stop there called El Patio and it was really good. We went to town on the blue bus (right one) to go shopping and we wandered into Lorenzillo's for dinner. It cost us $190 for the three of us. They charged $8 for bottled water! I got stuffed fish, which tasted good but the lobster and shrimp it was stuffed with was like leather. I would not recommend it. I would recommend the Melia to people who have reasonable expectations. My son said it was like a cruise without the boat. We had fun, ate and drank all we wanted, relaxed, shopped and, oh yeah, the little immigration form you fill out on the airplane? There's a little tear-off stub on the bottom. We lost ours and we had to pay the corrupt immigration guy $20 apiece to get a new one. HANG ON TO YOUR FORM! Other than that, our overall experience was positive and I would go back. Ciao, ciao, bye bye!
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